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Hickey and Boggs

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The stars of the witty TV series I Spy were reunited for this downbeat crime thriller, which takes a much darker and more violent look at the lives of two detectives for hire. Al Hickey Bill Cosby and Frank Boggs Robert Culp are a pair of private eyes who are approached by an attorney to find his girlfriend, who has gone missing. Their investigation leads them to a large sum of money from a Pittsburgh bank robbery. It seems that the woman in question has married the leader of a leftist radical group, which is now...
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Overview

The stars of the witty TV series I Spy were reunited for this downbeat crime thriller, which takes a much darker and more violent look at the lives of two detectives for hire. Al Hickey Bill Cosby and Frank Boggs Robert Culp are a pair of private eyes who are approached by an attorney to find his girlfriend, who has gone missing. Their investigation leads them to a large sum of money from a Pittsburgh bank robbery. It seems that the woman in question has married the leader of a leftist radical group, which is now trying to find a buyer for the tainted money. An attempt to recover both the money and the girl goes awry when Hickey and Boggs infiltrate a meeting with the radicals; the girl slips away and takes the burgled cash with her. Adding to the disaster, the meeting tips off the identity of the detectives to mobsters dealing with the radicals, and the gangsters execute Hickey's wife in an effort to keep him away from their activities. Hickey and Boggs also features Rosalind Cash, Michael Moriarity, Vincent Gardenia, Isabel Sanford, and James Woods.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Viewers approaching Hickey and Boggs and expecting it to be a replay of the stars' popular I Spy series will be disappointed, but many film noir enthusiasts will find a lot to appreciate in this early '70s recreation and deconstruction of the hardboiled private eye film. Hickey is a serious, somber, downbeat, and violent film, and these attributes will turn off many who initially tune in to it. But others will find it a rewarding experience, a time capsule that captures a certain mood of nihilism from the 1970s, as well as a great deal of confusion about good and evil and the ability of an individual to make a difference when fighting forces larger than himself. Hickey might have been more successful (artistically as well as financially) with two other stars. In addition to the fact that fans expected something different from Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, the truth is that neither seems entirely comfortable in Hickey -- as if they also expected something different from themselves. However, whatever his weaknesses as an actor here, Culp shines as a director, with a definite feel for mood and pacing, a deft way with his supporting cast, and a very good eye for staging action sequences. Culp displays such promise behind the camera that it's a shame Hickey and Boggs was his only feature.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • UPC: 883904250067
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,407

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Cosby Al Hickey
Robert Culp Frank Boggs
Rosalind Cash Nyona
Carmen Mary Jane
Louis Moreno Quemando, prisoner
Matt Bennett Fatboy
Michael Moriarty Ballard
Cary Sanchez Mary Jane's Daughter
Gilchrist Stuart Farrow
Syl Words Mr. Leroy
Gerald Saunderson Peters Jack
Ta-Ronce Allen Nyona's Daughter
Lou Frizzell Lawyer
Nancy Howard Apartment Manager's Wife
Bernard Nedell Used Car Salesman
Isabel Sanford Nyona's Mother
Sheila Sullivan Edith Boggs
Jason Culp Mary Jane's Son
Ron Henriques Quemando, Florist
Robert Mandan Mr. Brill
Denise Renfro Brill's Daughter
Bernie Schwartz Bernie
Bill Hickman Monte
Tom Signorelli Nick
Wanda Spell Playground Kid
Jack Colvin Shaw
Vincent Gardenia Papadakis
Ed Lauter Ted
James Woods Lt. Wyatt
Lester Fletcher Rice
Dean Smith Bagman
Jerry Summers Bledsoe
Joe E. Tata Coroner's Assistant
Ted Ashford Conductor
Technical Credits
Robert Culp Director
Ted Ashford Score Composer
David Berlatsky Editor
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Pauline Campbell Costumes/Costume Designer
George Edwards Songwriter
Walter Hill Screenwriter
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Fouad Said Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Edward Teets Asst. Director
William Theiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Thiese Costumes/Costume Designer
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